Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Vincentian Inspiration

"Your steadiness of conduct will never injure 
you, even in the minds of those who act 
differently from you,
for all will respect and esteem you more for 
persevering in what you know to be your duty."
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

“El mantenerte firme en tu conducta nunca será contraproducente, aun en las mentes de aquellos 
que actúan
de manera diferente a ti, pues así todos te 
respetarán y estimaran más
por perseverar en lo que sabes que es tu trabajo.”
-Santa Isabel Ana Seton

Help me, Lord, to remain at peace when I have done all 
I can do in a situation,
knowing that you are always ready to support me.

Ayúdame, Señor, a permanecer en paz cuando he hecho 
todo lo que puedo en alguna situación,
Sabiendo que tu siempre estás listo para apoyarme.

Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Blessed Frederic Ozanam Feast Day Mass

Want to know more about the Founder of St. Vincent de Paul, Blessed Frederic Ozanam? Watch this video on how it all got started!  

Next week on Sep 9 at 2 pm RSVP to celebrate Bl. Ozanam during mass held at the LA store.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Let's Luau! Young Adult Bonfire!

It’s not too late; RSVP here now to join us tomorrow for our Summer Young Adult Bonfire at 5:00 PM at Dockweiler State Beach, 12000 Vista Del Mar. 

Ecological Debt Awareness Month

Commemorate your love for the planet and donate your unwanted items to St. Vincent de Paul, providing food, clothing, and shelter to the poor and homeless. We pick up all the way from Santa Barbara to Orange County. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ecological Debt Awareness Month

Marie Kondo tells us to ditch joyless items but where are we sending them?

The rise of the de-cluttering icon, Ikea’s “peak stuff” comments – we have an overconsumption problem but simply chucking things out won’t solve it

Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images
Earlier this year, Ikea’s head of sustainability said at a Guardian Sustainable Business event that consumers in the developed world had reached “peak stuff”. The success of Japanese de-cluttering icon and best-selling author Marie Kondo suggests he’s not the only one who thinks so. 
The praise and enthusiasm for the KonMari method, which is Kondo’s approach of only keeping items that “spark joy”, signal that attitudes in an increasingly disposable world are shifting. On Instagram and Twitter her devotees post pictures of the clothes and items they’re getting rid of, often with glowing endorsements of her method’s effects on wellbeing.
However, its popularity also raises important sustainability questions. Where are we sending all these joyless garments once we’re done with them? And alongside our fervour to rid our lives of excess, are we addressing our patterns of accumulation at the source?

Making your stuff someone else’s problem

If Kondo’s trend for decluttering results in an increase in donations to charity, that’s undoubtedly a good thing for shops like Oxfam and Traid which rely on donations to make money. However, when it comes to clothes, the quality of fast fashion garments means that they’re often not fit to be sold on in the shops. 
survey of women by children’s charity Barnardo’s found that the majority of fashion purchases are only worn seven times. “If people are buying more at lower quality – so after a wash the hems are gone or the garment is out of shape – that’s really difficult for charities like us,” explains Leigh McAlea, head of communications for Traid.
Most charity shop chains will sort what they can retail in their own shops and then sell the rest to wholesalers. Those wholesalers then determine what can be sold overseas, what can be downcycled into items like mattress stuffing or rags, what can be incinerated, and what can’t be used at all. The UK exports more used clothing to developing world markets —$481m or roughly 351m kilograms worth in 2014 according to UN comtrade data — than any other country besides the US. Meanwhile, according to Wrap, almost one-third of UK clothing goes to landfill.

Changing our relationship with stuff 

James Wallman, author of Stuffocation: Living More With Less, chronicles what he calls “the material equivalent of the obesity epidemic.” He says that the large interest in Kondo’s work proves there is a problem with overconsumption, but it does not address the very root of it.
“We’re still using mental tools honed through millennia of scarcity. Through your grandmother telling you ‘see food eat food’, [we now think] see stuff get stuff,” says Wallman. “It’s very hard to switch our mental tools, which is why lots of people, once they’ve done that clearing up and feel good about it, think: ‘I’ve got all this space on my shelves. What do I do?’ And they go buy more.”
Wallman says that purging your possessions using the KonMari method is really only the first step to un-learning this mindset. He recommends shifting mental focus first by purging, followed by making an marked effort not to “re-stuffocate” and then most importantly by shifting the money you would normally spend on more stuff to memorable and enriching experiences. 
Outdoor apparel brand Patagonia has been at the vanguard of trying to shift patterns of consumption. Back in 2011 it was telling consumers not to buy its products and today it celebrates the adventures of its customers on itsWorn Wear blog.
UK designer Tom Cridland is also appealing to a new consumer, recently launching a collection of t-shirts and sweatshirts designed to last 30 years. “The whole purpose is to encourage people to buy a little bit less and to buy better, especially when it’s a basic item they’re going to wear all the time,” he explains.
After successful campaigns on crowdfunding websites Kickstarter and Indiegogo, Cridland’s collection launched in June and he says he has sold more than 5,000 sweatshirts and shirts. The brand, which started less than two years ago with a government start-up loan, plans to release a 30 year jacket at the end of the month.

Valuing our clothes more

Kondo writes in her book that “when a button falls of, it’s a sign that the particular shirt or blouse has … reached the end of its life,” but a Wrap report says that extending the life of an item of clothing is one of the most effective ways to reduce carbon, water and waste footprints. To this end, clothing companies such as Patagonia and Nudie Jeans offer free repair services. 
McAlea believes part of the challenge is simply getting people to value their items more. “Understanding the value of your clothes means that in the process of clearing your things, you carry on being mindful and you put some thought into where your things are going and who is going to use them,” she says.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Thrift Thursday

All CLOTHING with GREEN colored tags for 99 cents Wed (8/24) -Thurs (8/25)! Every week is a new color, check back next Wednesday to see what color will be next. 

Happy thrifting!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Let's Luau! Young Adult Bonfire!

Do you love bonfires? This Saturday, St. Vincent de Paul is throwing an amazing bonfire for young adults between ages of 18-39 years old! Be ready for games, s’mores, and prizes! RSVP here

Ecological Debt Awareness Month

Today, for Ecological Debt Awareness Month, how can one person make an impact by going zero waste? By talking about the environment every day! 

Did you know by shopping at St. Vincent de Paul you minimize waste to the landfill? Let’s cycle back products into the consumer market by purchasing that $8 dress you were eyeballing or donate that pair of pants that was a little outside your comfort zone! Find more great examples of the different conversations you could have from the Zero Waste Guy at .

Follow the Zero Waste Guy blog to find out tips and tricks for living zero waste life. Collectively, small steps have a big impact. The Zero Waste Guy would like to make a difference together!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Did You Know?

Did you know we have a new Vintage Department at the Los Angeles St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store? 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Finds

Here are today’s #fridayfinds at St. Vincent de Paul’s Los Angeles thrift store!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ecological Debt Awareness Month

Bea Johnson, the founder of the the Zero Waste lifestyle movement, recommends after decluttering your room to donate items to a thrift store to reduce your load and make precious resources available to those looking to buy secondhand.

Learn how to balance changing to zero waste without compromising your goals, aesthetics, or sanity by implementing the five R’s! Read about Bea Johnsons five R’s here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

St. Vincent Meals on Wheels Serves CMC

Thank you Sr. Alice Marie Quinn and Vincentian volunteer servers for a wonderful lunch at the Cardinal Manning Center, for the homeless of Skid Row!

Rams Shirts Bidding Challenge!

Enter the bid challenge at the LA store for two Rams shirts that were gifted to the Los Angeles St. Vincent de Paul from St. Louis Rams fans! 

Vincentian Inspiration

"Our good God wishes that all which is past remain in oblivion.
The only thing you have to do is make good use of the present,
but you must ask this grace of Him."
- St. Louise de Marillac 

"Nuestro buen Dios desea que todo lo que está en el pasado quede en el olvido.
La única cosa que tienes que hacer es un buen uso del presente,
pero debes pedir esta gracia de Él. "

- Santa Luisa de Marillac

How wonderful it is to know that I am forgiven so 
completely by you, Lord!
Teach me to forgive others without holding on to 
resentment or bitterness.

¡Qué grandioso es el saber que soy completamente 
perdonada/o por ti, Señor!
Enséñame a perdonar a otros sin llevar conmigo 
resentimientos o amargura.

Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

National Thrift Store Day


 LA store only. Click for store location. Discount excludes mattresses and cars. Cannot be combined with any other discount.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Thrift Thursday

At ‪SVdPLA, Thrift Store Thursday kicks off a day early! This Wednesday (8/17) and Thursday (8/18) only, all clothing with a WHITE tag is just 99 cents. New color tags are revealed every Wednesday.

An inspiration for Ecological Debt Awareness Month

This is a great example of what to do with plastic bags! Instead of trashing or recycling, how else can we use plastic bags? 

SVdPLA at EWTN today at 3:30pm PT!

Don’t miss viewing the St. Vincent de Paul special feature on @EWTN today at 3:30pm. It features the LA Council.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Vincentian Inspiration

"Do not burden yourself with rules and practices; strengthen yourself to fulfill well those you have,
especially as regards your daily actions and employments;
in short, let your greatest concern be to do well what you do."
- St. Vincent de Paul

“No te preocupes por hacer mas reglamentos; fortalécete al seguir bien los que ya tienes,
especialmente lo que es pertinente a tus acciones diarias y empleo;
en pocas palabras, deja que tu mayor enfoque esté en hacer bien lo que haces.”

-San Vicente de Paul

Lord, sometimes my days are so hectic. I need your guidance in my decision-making
so that what I do is really necessary for your glory and not my own.

Señor, a veces mis días son tan estresantes.  Necesito tu guía para tomar decisiones
y para que lo que yo hago sea realmente necesario para gloria tuya y no mía.

Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

SVdPLA on EWTN Aug 16!

Tomorrow at 3:30pm PT watch the Eternal World Television Network to see St. Vincent de Paul’s Homeless Shelter, the Cardinal Manning Center, and more!

For more information, see

Click here to find the EWTN station in your zip code

To check the EWTN program schedule, click

Xavier College Prep School Volunteers

Thank you, volunteers, from Xavier College Prep School!

Vincentian Inspiration

“Our Lord will counsel you what to do.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

“Nuestro Señor te aconsejará que hacer.”

-San Vicente de Paul
Where would I be, Lord, without your presence within me?
You are always there, ready to counsel and guide me.
All I have to do is ask!

¿En dónde me encontraría, Señor, sin tu presencia dentro de mí? 
Tu siempre estas allí, listo para aconsejar y guiarme.
 ¡Todo lo que yo tengo que hacer es preguntar!

Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

Friday, August 12, 2016

LA Nonprofit Auctions Off Rams Apparel to Support Poor, Homeless


The silent auction for two Rams jerseys begins Aug. 11 and ends Sept. 18, one week before the football team's opening day at the LA Memorial Coliseum

Rotter Family

St. Louis residents Lou and Marianne Rotter donated Rams apparel to a Los Angeles nonprofit after the football team's relocation. The two jerseys will be featured in a silent auction to benefit the homeless beginning Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.

A Los Angeles nonprofit is holding a silent auction beginning Thursday in hopes of raising money for the poor and homeless.
The silent auction features two Rams football team jerseys donated by a couple from St. Louis.
When St. Louis resident Lou Rotter heard his home team was returning and relocating to Los Angeles, he was shocked. Rather than sell or burn his team apparel, Rotter and his wife Marianne decided to donate it to St. Vincent de Paul in LA.
The Rotters mailed the jerseys along with a handwritten note to the Catholic volunteer organization. Chris Sariego, SVdPLA's spokesman said the organization is touched by the cross-country donation.
"I opened the box and there they were," said Alfred Rodriguez, SVdPLA's operations director. "I thought 'awesome!'"
Lou Rotter said he and his wife have a "soft spot" for the organization because SVdP sponsored Marianne's mother when she came to the United States from Germany following World War II.
The silent auction begins Thursday, Aug. 11 and ends Sept. 18, giving winning bidders enough time to pick up their jerseys for the team's first home game at the LA Memorial Coliseum.
The proceeds will help the poor and homeless in LA.
To enter the silent auction for the Rotters' Rams apparel, visit the security desk by the front door of the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store at 210 North Ave. 21 in LA.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Let the Bidding Begin!

Football preseason is kicking off this weekend! Place a bid at our silent auction for two Rams shirts gifted by a St. Louis Donor. 

Couch Sale!

They’re back again! Our brand new, high-grade, couches and sectionals are in. Take 20% off all couches now until Saturday at the LA store only. Grab them before they’re gone!

Zero Waste Guy: Earth Overshoot Day 2016

Zero Waste Guy: Earth Overshoot Day 2016:

August 8, 2016, is internationally known as Ecological Debt or Earth Overshoot Day. What this means is, as of today we have used as much from nature as our planet can renew in this entire year. 

Today is the 221st day of the year out of 366 days (this is a leap year), so we are only 60% of the way through 2016, but have used up all the naturally renewing resources. From tomorrow through the end of the year, we will be in an environmental “debt.” Think of this as borrowed time or a borrowed resource. An example would be taking out a mortgage to buy a home. Since you don’t have enough money to buy the whole house outright today, you take on debt in the form of a loan that will take 30 years to pay off. The hope though, is that in addition to having a stable place to live for a large chunk of your life you will also have a resource (your home) that has appreciated in value.

the debt we are going into with our planet is not something that will appreciate or improve over time. Instead, we are increasing the speed at which we irreversibly deplete our natural resources. When I say natural resources I am referring to our clean water, healthy soil and fossil fuel, just to name a few. According to Earth Overshoot Day 2016, it would (impossibly) take 1.6 earths to maintain the status quo. This means that we are overshooting by 60%, based on current consumption patterns.

I am often told by the people I interact with regularly that as an individual, we are each too small to make a difference and in many ways that is an accurate statement. If only one of us does something but it is not adopted by anyone else, then yes, it will have no impact. If you are an American like me reading this, consider for a moment that although we make up about 5% of the world’s population, we useabout one-third of all her resources. So, one out of every three gallons of gas, cups of coffee, or Ikea shelves was consumed by one of “U.S.” This means that we as Americans can have a greater impact than much of the rest of the world. We can choose to buy a smaller car (or get rid of our car), live in a smaller home and buy less stuff.

Or, we can choose to do nothing. And, while doing nothing, we can watch as behemoths like China strive to be more American…to consume more. If everyone consumed like us here in the United States, it would take 4.8 earths to sustain our needs. Obviously, that is not possible or sustainable.

If you are trying to wrap your brain around this one like I am, let me see if I can break it down a bit more. If you are driving on a freeway that is being used at 60% above capacity, the freeway (hopefully) won’t collapse, but it will take you a lot longer to get to where you want to go.

With our planet, consuming at 60% over capacity won’t cause it to implode, but it will cause us to consume resources faster than we can replenish them. If maintained over time, we will eventually have no fresh water, no healthy soil and no plants and trees to clean the air. 

Over time, we will kill ourselves off.

But it’s not all bad. There are several things we can do right now to make a difference. Here are a few ideas from Earth Overshoot Day:

1.     Host a vegetarian (or vegan) dinner party
2.       Lower your household energy consumption
3.       Pick a day to telecommute or take alternative transportation
4.       Illustrate (or verbalize) your commitment to tread lightly on the Earth
5.       Reduce your paper waste

Another option not listed above is to stop buying new clothing. Manufacturing clothing has a huge environmental impact. Extending the life of a shirt or pair of pants by buying them used from a second hand clothing store saves massive amounts of water and supports local business.

I live in Southern California and reached out recently to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul to see if there was a way in which we could collaborate on a zero waste project. I had been following them on Instagram and was impressed by their 100,000 square foot facility located in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.

To date they have diverted 400,000 pounds of textiles that would otherwise go in the trash!

After meeting with them we decided that it would be best for us to create a how-to video with the focus of the video on neckties. If you are like me, then you have dozens of old out-of-style neckties clogging up your drawers.

Wide or “fat” neckties are out of style and I have a ton of them! Fortunately, their store coordinator, Laura, has a background in fashion and a knack for repairing, altering and modifying clothes to extend their lives and keep them current. When you have a spare two minutes, please check out our video which is up on the Society’s YouTubechannel. If you feel so compelled, we would love for your to share our video with your friends and followers, which supports our ability to make more videos like this one.

How to turn a fat tie into a skinny tie!

As you can see from our video and the items listed above, these ways to reduce your footprint are not life-altering. Instead, they are small and incremental. Going from carnivore to vegan is a huge change, which can be a huge undertaking. Having friends over for a vegetarian meal is a much easier way to recognize our planet’s changing climate without taking too much effort or energy.
I’d like to leave you with this last concept:

The earth is on loan from our children. The choices we make today might not affect ourselves, but they will absolutely affect those who come after us. Let’s get our future generations off to a good start by leaving them with a healthy planet.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Thrift Store Thursday!

At ‪SVdPLA, Thrift Store Thursday kicks off a day early! This Wednesday (8/10) and Thursday (8/11) only, all clothing with a BLUE tag is just 99 cents. New color tags are revealed every Wednesday.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Let's Luau! Young Adult Bonfire!

Beach Day Saturday, August 27th! Don’t miss out on roasting s’mores, playing games, and listening to the waves crash with new friends. RSVP here for you and a friend!